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1914 AIACR Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: Non-Primary: www.grandprixhistory.org/merc1914.htm.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Daimler Mercedes (DE,0,2)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Christian Lautenschlager (DE,0,2)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 18/100, 4.48-liter, four-cylinder inline, aluminum crankcase, water-jacket steel cylinders, SOHC, four-speed, pressed steel frame, 120 horsepower (Paul Daimler).

The AIACR reduces the engine displacement restrictions to 4.5 liters for the 1914 racing season. Mercedes and driver Christian Lautenschlager win the respective Grand Prix putative drivers' and constructors' titles for the second time and first since the 1908 season. Serbian nationalist assassinates the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungary empire in June, triggering a continental war. The German Empire employs its Schlieffen Plan and invades Western Europe in August. The Allies and Central Powers engage at the Marne and Ypres in October. The German Empire repels the Russian offensive in East Prussia in December. New Racing Makes: Italian Maserati.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Mercedes25     Lautenschlager12
Peugeot3     Wagner8
Sunbeam2     Salzer5
Nagant1     Goux3

Noteworthy 1914 Races

1914 Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France Lyon, France1914 1914 Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France At Lyon for the French Grand Prix (752.5 kilometers) in July, a German DMG Mercedes 18/100 under Christian Lautenschlager (DE) takes race honors in 7:08:18.4 (average 65.67 mph), a minute and a half ahead of a companion Mercedes entry. In an epic Franco-Teuton auto battle that eerily foreshadows the events to come across Europe, Lautenschlager moves out front after race leader Georges Boillot in his Peugeot loses drive with only two laps remaining. Mercedes sweeps the top three race positions and crushes rival Peugeot in a milestone meeting that draws over 300,000 spectators. Photo Credit: Non-Primary: www.grandprixhistory.org/.